Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sinkland Farm Pumpkin Patch

This weekend we took a trip to the local Pumpkin Patch Sinkland Farms, in Christiansburg Virginia. We have only been here once before, a few years ago when i volunteered to chaperon my boys kindergarten field trip.

i enjoyed it much more, as a family activity. :)

We started our visit admiring all the pumpkins and enjoying a cup of fresh apple cider! Yum!

Then we headed down to the barn to see the animals. They had goats, pigs, miniature donkeys, bunnies, chickens, sheep a full size donkey and a huge Belgium Draft horse.

Our favorites were the baby goats. They were rally tiny, probably only a few months old. They had a 'bubble gum style' machine set up so you could get a small handful of animal feed for $.25.

The baby goats were our favorites to feed. There little tongues would come out and lick the food up.

They were so sweet.

Seems like everything we go to around here includes the milk a cow station. :)

They also had a hay jump.

A mini hay maze for the little ones. They also had a traditional corn maze, but we decided to pass on it this year. ( i still have memories of watching children of the corn with i was a teenager). lol.

Chunkin' pumpkins. i believe this was sponsored by the boyscout. It cost $1 for 3 pumpkins, and if you hit one of the marks they had on the hillside you'd win a free ice cream.

One of the highlights of the weekend was watching the World Champion pumpkin catapult, Onager.

We really enjoyed our time at the pumpkin patch, and can see this becoming an annual tradion. There was really a lot to do and look at. They had live music playing, craft vendors and lots of activities for the kids. Admission is free, but there is a $3 parking fee. You can make it a very inexpensive afternoon, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy all the free activities or you could go all out, have a really good time and spend a lot of money. They had hay rides, the corn maze, horseback trail rides, horse and cart rides, face painting and lots of great food! We enjoyed apple cider, kettle corn, and ice cream while we were there.

So maybe i'm starting to slowly embrace the season...just a little.

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